Second Annual Book and Paper Show Set for July 30 in Westfield

Event to feature historic books, documents and other noteworthy collectables

2011 Book and Paper Show Flyer

2011 Book and Paper Show Flyer

WESTFIELD, N.Y., June 17, 2011 – Fans of local history and book collectors will want to be in Westfield on Saturday, July 30 for the second annual Book and Paper Show, presented by the Chautauqua County Historical Society. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place at the Firemen’s Exempt Hall (75 Bourne St.), Westfield, N.Y.

“This is a show for readers and collectors with specific interests,” according to CCHS trustee Jack Ericson, who’s once again charged with organizing this year’s show. “Expect to find books, maps, manuscripts and paper materials relating to Chautauqua and surrounding counties.”Ericson adds that this year, the historical society will feature some of its recently deaccessioned items available for sale.

“Over the years the Society has collected a large quantity of books, mostly those relating to Chautauqua County’s history, but others crept into the collection,” explains Ericson. “The Board of Trustees decided that it was only necessary to keep three copies of each book that fit the criteria of the Society’s Collection Policy… as a result of this process, a quantity of books have been removed from the collection.  The board decided to offer local history materials to other local museums and municipal and town historians, while the remainder of the deaccessioned items will be offered for sale at the Book & Paper Show.”

21 Different Vendors in Attendance

More than 20 different vendors will be on hand for the 2011 Book and Paper Show - July 30 in Westfield

Besides the Chautauqua County Historical Society, Ericson says a total of 21 different vendors from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia will attend this year’s show. Besides collectable books and manuscripts, some will also provide a variety paper collectables and other ephemera.

“Posters, prints and broadsides will be available, as will stereo-view cards and other photographs,” says Ericson. “At least three dealers carry postcards and many specialize in ‘ephemera’. That refers to transitory items like stamps, greeting cards, stationary, advertising, and even matchbook covers. For many people, items like these bring back vivid memories of childhood and so are highly prized because so few examples have survived.”

Vendors from Chautauqua County include ABC Books and Ephemera (Panama), Mary and Les Davis (Bemus Point), East Branch Books (Sherman), Jack Ericson (Westfield), Tom Karapantso (Jamestown), Vince Martonis (Gerry), Wayne Mori (Dunkirk), Ed Schaefer (Maple Springs), George Sinclair (Dunkirk), and J. Weekly (Fredonia).

Those coming from other areas of New York State are Locust Grove (Geneseo), Bill and Jean Kasinski (West Seneca), Keven T. Ransom (Amherst), Bub & Barb Ruhlman (Alden) and Willow Patch Books (Rochester).

And sellers from other states include Allegheny Book Mart (Warren, Pa.), Authors Books and Music (Warren, Pa.), Scott Brasseur (Prospect, Pa.), Hopper Historics (Falls Church, Va.), William Pope (Erie, Pa.) and Wesley Williams (Cleveland Heights, Ohio).

A detailed list of the vendors can be found on the Chautauqua County Historical Society blog at In addition, profiles of various vendors will also be posted on the blog in the weeks building up to the show.

“Anyone interested in collecting historical and notable books and other documents will want to attend this event,” says Ericson. “Visitors will have an opportunity to find rare, scholarly, and out-of-print books in many categories, and much more.”

A map illustrating the location of the 2011 Book and Paper Show on Bourne St. in Westfield, N.Y.

Admission to the event is $5 with all proceeds being used to expand and preserve the historical society’s archives and genealogical research library.

Firemen’s Exempt Hall is located on Bourne Street in Westfield, New York, one block east of NYS Route 394 and a half-mile south of Exit 60 on the New York State Thruway. There is plenty of free parking and the facility is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

For directions or more information, please contact the historical society at 716-326-2977 or by email at

The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883 and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion (built in 1818) in Westfield, N.Y. Annual Membership rates start at just $20. All members are given free access to the museum year-round and a subscription to the quarterly “Time Lines” newsletter.  For more information, call 716-326-2977.


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